How to Make Winter Spiced Poached Pears

How to Make Winter Spiced Poached Pears

Winter Spiced Poached Pears might seem a bit old fashioned but it’s a real warming crowd pleaser. It’s never failed me and there’s something wonderfully comforting about it.

I can’t help but love the spice and wine smell that fills the house when you make too. It’s better than any candle you can burn!

And, it’s so easy to make, so if you want a festive pudding that’s a little less heavy this is the one.

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Hampshire Food and Drink Christmas Gift Guide 2020

Hampshire Food and Drink Christmas Gift Guide 2020

This Hampshire Food and Drink Christmas Gift Guide 2020 is here to help you navigate shopping local and online this festive season.

The majority of shopping this year looks like it will have to be done online or planned for the future.

Supporting local businesses and creators is particularly important this year, more than ever, as we all try and find our way through the challenges the pandemic presents.

But, will us Brits let is dampen our Christmas spirit? Hell no, I hear you cry, especially not when it comes to the food and fizz. We’re resilient creatives who, by hook or by crook, will spread some festive cheer thanks to the modern wonder of online ordering.

Here’s some of my favourite local food and drink to give you some gift ideas this year.

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Taco Tuesday at Mi Cocina, Winchester

Taco Tuesday at Mi Cocina, Winchester

Taco Tuesday at Mi Cocina… OH HELLO, I’m there with bells on!

As a big fan of Taco Tuesday anyway, I am thrilled my favourite Mexican in Winchester has created a special menu for that one day each week.

Take a look at what the wonderful Mi Cocina team have cooked up…

*Ad – Gifted experience, no obligation to post. But, I BLOOMING LOVE IT, and I think you will too!

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Porters Wine & Charcuterie in Southampton

Porters Wine & Charcuterie in Southampton

Porters Wine & Charcuterie is serving up glorious platters of cheese, cured meats and fresh fruit alongside wine’s from around the world.

The restaurant simulates the enotecas or wine libraries of Italy and brings a lovely sophisticated wine bar to central Southampton.

If the winning combination of wine, cheese and meat is a piece of you, then take a look…

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Rio-Vitalise CBD Smoothies on Southsea Beach

Rio-Vitalise CBD Smoothies on Southsea Beach

You’ll find Rio-Vitalise propping up South Parade Pier in Portsmouth. Pick up a cold CBD infused fruit smoothie to walk along Southsea Beach with.

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Five top food shows on Netflix in 2020

Five top food shows on Netflix in 2020

Deliveroo and Uber Eats do not deliver to my area, and I do not live in a remote place, I’m not bitter…much!

When I’m at home, which at the moment like most of you, is all the time, I’ll be getting my foodie kicks from a bit of home cooking and whatever series Netflix can offer me!

I’ve found some cracking series that will give you all the food thrills and spills with a little travel along the way too.

Here’s my top five food shows on Netflix…

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Lunch at The Hut Behind the Hedge

Lunch at The Hut Behind the Hedge

Rock has some great places to eat and The Hut Behind The Hedge is no exception – a great little lunch or snack stop!

In fact, the term ‘hidden gem’ is over used but this is one and not well known out of local circles. If you’re headed to Rock, support local and make sure you order a slice of cake.

Take a look at the bright blue cabin which is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area…

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The Shore Restaurant, Penzance

The Shore Restaurant, Penzance

The Shore in Penzance is totally out of this world. Bruce Rennie is producing absolutely incredible food and I swear he’s well on his way to a Michelin Star.

He mans his kitchen every night alone, yes, you heard right he makes dishes for an entire restaurant of people alone! And, those dishes change depending on the local ingredients available locally every day.

He creates culinary masterpieces from the local catches and produce he sources from earlier in the day and has just a few hours to put a new menu together.

It’s unique, creative and some of the best food I’ve ever eaten – there’s a handful of meals that I will never forget and this is on it.

If you’re headed to Cornwall book a table at The Shore for an epic food experience…

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Street Food at Outside-In Portsmouth

Street Food at Outside-In Portsmouth

ᵃᵈ Portsmouth’s warehouse street food venue has been a total hit since it opened last year. It’s a favourite of mine because of its chilled dining vibes, fantastic food and great entertainment.

Outside-In regularly changes up its independent street food vendors and there’s some new offerings added into the eclectic mix to try.

I was invited to review the food court and it laid on what can only be described as an epic feast!

If you’re in the city and looking for something that’s a little different, you need to head here, take a look why…

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Bottomless Tacos at Bonita’s in Portsmouth

Bottomless Tacos at Bonita’s in Portsmouth

17You change your mind, like a girl changes clothes…

For the ever indecisive of us, and yes I class myself within this group, bottomless tacos, where you can pick any of and as many of the tacos as you like, is the DREAM!

And, that’s where Bonita’s Southsea steps in with it’s Taco Tuesday offer – it corners the market and conquers it. Actually it stamps all over the competition unapologetically while telling you you’re pretty and feeding you tacos.

Bonita’s has landed bringing its own blend of fusion Mexican food, humorous cocktails and Beyonce Brunches to the South Coast.

Heading to Portsmouth? You’re going to want to check this restaurant out because those tacos are hella-good!

And, don’t forget your camera because, Bonita’s is as pretty as a picture and you’re going to want to put it on your Instagram…

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